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Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset Review

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Kingston HyperX Cloud II Pro Gaming Headset Overview

Let’s take a brief overview of what the Kingston HyperX Cloud II headset is all about.

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Kingston doesn’t skimp on the packaging, including detailed artwork and all the info you could want. Oddly enough, the actual word Kingston doesn’t appear on the front or sides of the box. It is mentioned at the very bottom of the back side of the packaging. This suggests that Kingston intends for the series “HyperX” to stand on it’s own. Which is not too odd, as HyperX is technically a division of Kingston.

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Once we’ve shedded the packaging, we’re presented with a tidily displayed product, showcasing each component and accessory within the molded foam. Included with the headset are an extra set of ear pads that feature a soft, felt like material, the microphone, the in-line remote DSP, and an airplane adapter. Already attached to the cans are the leatherette pads that you’re probably used to.  Leatherette, for me at least, never seems to last very long. It could be the product in my hair, sweat, or it could be that the material is just not made to last. Nonetheless, the leatherette material already installed on the cans does seem to be thicker than other’s I’ve previously encountered, only time will tell.

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Now that we have the headphones removed from their packaging, you can see that the non-detachable cable is 1 meter long and the control box has it’s own 2 meter braided cable, giving you a total cable length of 3 meters. The shorter cable is especially handy when using the product with a tablet, mobile device, gaming console controller, or on an airplane. The microphone, as you can see above, is of the detachable variety, and utilizes a 3.5mm stereo plug. Upon initial inspection, there seems to be very little difference between the first cloud headset and the HyperX Cloud II, with the exception of the in-line DSP and some color options, read more below.

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Here we can see a side shot of the headset, with microphone attached, proudly displaying the HyperX logo on the ear cup. The most noticeable difference in the cloud II and the first cloud headset is that the can arms are now colored. You have a choice of red, gun metal, or pink. The color you pick, changes the color of the HyperX logo, the metal can arms, and the stitch around the headband to the corresponding color.

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Along with putting memory foam in the ear pads, Kingston also put memory foam into the generously padded headband. The headband is very comfortable, even for people with larger heads, such as myself. I didn’t notice any sweating after long gaming sessions. Of course, ambient temperature would play a huge role in sweat production, so keep that in mind. It is also stitched with a nice red thread and has the HyperX logo stitched in black on top.

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As mentioned earlier, Kingston will also be offering the HyperX Cloud II Headset in gunmetal/black and pink/white, allowing the end user to pick what colors suit them the best. Looks like Kingston is making it easier for you fellas to get your gamer girlfriend something nice for Valentine’s Day!


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  1. Phillip

    Do you know if for sure the usb connection will work on the PS4 to allow for the 7.1 surround? If not, then I am definitely going to go for the first HyperX Cloud.

    1. Jason Vaught

      According to Sony, after patch 1.60, all USB headsets should be supported by the PS4, including 7.1ch surround headsets both wired and wireless.

  2. Vinny

    Some sources have stated the HyperX Cloud 1’s will perform better with a headphone amp and DAC, since the Cloud II’s share the same specs, does the USB DSP plug provide adequate power to move those drivers in the headphones?

    1. Jason Vaught

      Yes, the USB does provide adequate power to the drivers. The headset also performs well via 3.5mm plug on internal sounds card, external DAC, and even pocket headphone amps (altoid amp).

  3. InfidelGastro

    I like this gadget but Kingston should offer it in two variants… 1. As it is now 2. With a longer cable and only with 3.5mm jacks. I would definitely jump at the latter. The USB 7.1 DSP is a deal breaker for me, it’s trash, 7.1 simulated sound is a gimmick and I don’t want it so I wouldn’t pay for it.

  4. Jason

    If I use a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter, will the headset work on my xbox 360 controller?

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